Teacher and Educator Resources


How to use Ways of Seeing I & II

We have two useful subject-related mind maps for teachers and educators when using Ways of Seeing I & II.

Click below on the links and explore cross-curricular links with these learning resources

Ways of Seeing I 

Ways of Seeing II

The Enquiring Classroom Workshop, for Teachers and Educators 2017

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As a continuation of our exploration of interfaith dialogue for teachers and educators the Chester Beatty Library collaborated with both Maynooth University and Mary Immaculate College for a one-day training workshop for educators and teachers.


The purpose of this workshop introduced educators to a range of creative methodologies that will support dialogical and enquiry based approaches to learning in schools, and that will enable teachers to explore together strategies and approaches to navigate those moments of ‘stuckness and perplexity’ that arise in classroom life. The methodologies in this workshop will invite experiential, relational, imaginative, and conceptual enquiry, as well as introducing new knowledges through innovative framings. In this way, teachers’ capacity for creative facilitation will be developed through a community of enquiry and a community of practice, and they will learn together about how to support dialogue and reflection and to help students pursue questioning and enquiry.

This was done both through an encounter with collections and through listening to one another, and an imaginative interpretation of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the Chester Beatty Library’s (CBL) collection.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Observe and imaginatively respond to objects in the CBL collection
  • Appreciate the complex relational nature of ancient Egyptian traditions surrounding death and the afterlife
  • Discuss links between ancient and modern rituals and beliefs and values
  • Playfully explore of the role of ritual in everyday life/
  • Understand and experience the practice of philosophical enquiry as a community.
  • Reflect on stimuli from the CBL collection and generate philosophical questions for discussion
  • Distinguish and articulate beliefs and values that are of importance to participants
  • Note challenging moments and compile a little book of Stuckness and Perplexity

Facilitated by: Professor Aislinn O’Donnell (Maynooth University) and Dr Patricia Kieran (MIC, Limerick).

This project 2016-1-IE01-KA201-016892 The Enquiring Classroom is funded by ERASMUS+.

Sacred Texts and Sacred Objects – to explore world faiths in the educational context for schools and museums workshop Friday 10 February 2017


This one-day workshop explored how the Library’s sacred texts can help us understand our lives today. A number of questions were asked to inspire teachers from the Inclusion Diversity Service of Northern Ireland and other members of third level teacher education organisations in the Republic of Ireland: can sacred texts help us to understand our lives today? Can they inform our understanding of our changing society especially with newcomers and increasing immigration in the classroom and local community? Are there different ways of exploring texts from different faiths? This workshop will help us find our own connections with the magnificent sacred texts on display in the Chester Beatty Library.

Participants worked with the Library collections and Ways of Seeing II*,  an inter-belief dialogue learning resources for schools. Guidelines for teachers and educators will be made available.


  • To develop an educational platform for creating inter-faith resources


  • To develop and use resources using sacred texts from the Chester Beatty Library collections
  • To explore through discussion ways of using sacred texts
  • To explore through object handling ways of looking at sacred texts
  • To use core resource Ways of Seeing II to develop intercultural skills

Facilitated by Jo-Anne Sunderland Bowe, Educator British Museum/British Library and Jenny Siung, Chester Beatty Library

Jo Anne Sunderland Bowe has an MA in Cultural Heritage Studies from University College London. She also holds a PTTLS certificate (ESOL & Literacy) from London Southbank University and certificate in Teaching Secondary History from the Institute of Education.  She has over 11 years of developing and devising educational programmes and materials for schools and currently studying for a cross-disciplinary PhD in Museums and Applied Linguistics.

Jenny Siung has worked in museum education for over 20 years and has developed the first intercultural learning programme in an Irish museum. Her work involves engaging with the Islamic, Asian, North African, East Asian and European collections of the Library, devising numerous programmes including intercultural projects for schools, cultural festivals, and creating links with local multi-ethnic communities. She has developed and edited a number of learning resources with local and international partners including Ways of Seeing I & II; Artefacts, a teacher and student resource for Leaving Certificate Art and Design Appreciation; Buddhism in the Chester Beatty Library: A Learning Resource and A Scientific Response to the Chester Beatty Library Collections.

*Ways of Seeing II is a resource developed by the Chester Beatty Library and Inclusion Diversity Services Northern Ireland

Ways of Seeing I and II: A Cross Border Project for Teachers and Students

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Intercultural learning and dialogue is at the heart of the Chester Beatty Library’s exhibition and learning programme and we are pleased to present new learning resources for schools.
In the past decade, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland have experienced a rapid increase in immigration, which has resulted in their education systems facing the challenge and opportunity of integrating increasing numbers of pupils whose mother tongue is neither English nor Irish.
To address these challenges, in partnership with the Inclusion and Diversity Service (Northern Ireland), the Ulster Museum and others, a number of publications have been developed to provide teachers and pupils with resources and frameworks that explore diverse faiths and cultures.  These explore Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and ancient Egyptian culture.  It is hoped that these resources will encourage teachers and pupils to engage with local collections in museums such as the Chester Beatty Library and the Ulster Museum, which both house objects that reflect these cultures.
Artefacts: A Teacher and Student Resource for Leaving Certificate Art and Design Appreciation


The Library launched a new resource for art teachers at the Art Teachers Association AGM in Athlone on Saturday 3 October 2015. This resource has been prepared for pupils of the Leaving Certificate Art and Design Appreciation. Artefacts provides a relevant understanding of selected objects from the collection, and provides art teachers and pupils with skills to explore and understand artists and their works in the collections.  The contents of this resource and the artworks have been selected due to their relevance to key movements, styles and techniques included in the Leaving Certificate Art History exam.

See ArtefactsLR to access this resource.

Buddhism in the Chester Beatty Library: A Learning Resource

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The Buddhist collection in the Chester Beatty Library offers visitors the opportunity to explore the ‘Story of Buddhism’ from its origins with the life and teachings of the historical Buddha in India in the 6th century BC to its development as it spread through the countries of Asia.  Students and educators are encouraged to explore a number of themes as presented in the exhibition on display in the Sacred Traditions Gallery.


Temiya the Mute Prince Story

The Library was very pleased to welcome HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in September 2014. Thai culture has been celebrated for over a decade in the Chester Beatty Library with support from the Thai Irish Association and Thai Adoption Group. The story of Temiya, the Mute Prince acknowledges this contribution by the Thai community.  This beautifully illustrated folding book is inspired by the Library’s Thai collection.


A Scientific Response to the Chester Beatty Library Collections

As part of the Dublin 2012 European Capital of Scientific Culture, the Library partnered with CALMAST (Centre for the Advancement of Learning Maths, Science and Technology) and produced a guide to its scientific material as reflected in the Islamic, East Asian and European Collections.

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See Science PDF_020314s

Drawing Pack for Adults and Teens

This pack has been specially designed for visitors interested in drawing exploring techniques based on the Library’s Islamic, East Asian and European collections.

See Adult and Teen Drawing Pack


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